Home Care and How to Find It

When is it time to call in the reinforcements?  When your world is so small that you dread venturing out?  Or is it when even the smallest chores in your home just seem too large and looming to attempt?  Is it when you can no longer help a loved one by providing better care for them than what you can do yourself?  How do you know when that is?  These are tough questions and no simple answers.  Each individual is unique as well as each caregiver.  No one is good at everything but everyone is good at something.  Knowing first what you can and cannot do for yourself and/or for your loved one is the first step and determining if you need home care services.  I cannot answer that question.  Only you can.  But here are some ways in helping you find a Home Health Care Agency.

  1. 1. First you want to define exactly what the needs are. What level of care does your loved one need?  What medical conditions are they experiencing that affect mobility, dietary restrictions, medication management and even cultural or spiritual preferences?
  2. Next research Home Care Agencies in your area, beginning with an online search (but not limited to) that specialize in the type of care your loved one needs. Whether it is –
  • Companionship
  • Personal Care
  • Medical Assistance.
  1. Check for Licensing and Accreditation

Home Care Agencies must meet specific licensing and accreditation requirements to ensure quality care.  Make sure they are licensed in your state and accreditation by relevant organizations.  These licensing and accreditations serve as important markers of their legitimacy and industry best practices.

  1.  Read Reviews, Ask for Recommendations, and Explore Marketing

Speak with families who have used their services, read online reviews and seek recommendations from friends, family members or healthcare professionals who have experience with home care agencies.  Personal recommendations are key.

  1.  Interview Potential Agencies

During the interview ask questions about their staff qualifications, staff to patient ratio, hiring processes, and the range of services they offer.  Ask about their approach to personalize care.

  1. Assess Caregiver Training and Background Checks

Inquire about the agency’s training programs and the extent of the background checks.  Its important that the caregivers are not only skilled but also trustworthy.

  1. Understand Costs and Payment Options

Home care costs varying depending on the level of care.  Discuss their pricing structure, payment options and potential additional fees.  Get it in writing.  Explore payment options such as insurance coverage or government assistance programs that could help with some of the financial burden.

  1. Evaluate the Agency’s Communication

Ask the agency as to their methods of communication with your loved one and family.  Determine how responsive and transparent the agency is in addressing your questions.  Clear communication ensures that everyone is on the same page from the loved one, caregivers and the administrators.  It determines the outcome to good quality care.

  1. Visit the Agency in Person

Visiting the home care agency in person is so very important.  It allows you to get a feel for the environment and gives you a birds eye view of their operation.  Is it well-organized, clean, with personal yet professional staff that provide attention to detail?  A physical visit gives you a sense of the culture within the organization and the staff’s demeanor.

10.Trust Your Instincts

Following the above research and interviews you should have a gut feeling about which home care agency aligns best with your loved one’s needs and values. You’ve done your homework – now listen to that intuition when making your final decision.

While this is an enormous decision, the peace of mind received from the right home care agency is priceless.  Don’t let fear of bringing in an outside person or company overwhelm you and  prevent you from getting and giving your loved one the care they need.  Both you and your loved ones deserve to have the help needed so that the time spent together is well spent.

Source: Jennifer Bell, October 5, 2023, 10 Tips for Finding the Right Home Care Agency, Today’s Caregiver, https://caregiver.com/articles/finding-homecare-agency/


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I have additional insights I’d love to share with you found in the pages of my debut book: Surviving Medical Mayhem – Laughing When It Hurts.  To order a copy or learn more go to my website at www.lorettaschoen.com

Blessings for Health & Wellness.


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